Dave Alvin Similar Artists

Joe Ely - 100% match to Dave Alvin

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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9 February 1947, Amarillo, Texas, USA. Singer-songwriter and guitarist Ely is one of the most completely realized artists in contemporary country music, especially in the live situation where he excels. His work for MCA Records in the late 70s is latterly regarded as the link between country rock and so-called new country.Ely moved with his parents in Read more

Tom Russell - 87% match to Dave Alvin

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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5 March 1950, Arizona, USA. The country singer-songwriter Tom Russell grew up on a ranch in Santa Monica and had twin influences of cowboys and country music. He says, ‘Southern California was very rich in country music, not only with Merle Haggard and Buck Owens, but also the Hollywood cowboy scene. My brother became a full-on cowboy. It’s in the blood.’< Read more

Robert Earl Keen - 66% match to Dave Alvin

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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11 January 1956, Houston, Texas, USA. In the mid-70s, Keen befriended Lyle Lovett at Texas A&M University, an establishment that combined academic and military activities. They often sang and played guitar together and they wrote ‘This Old Porch’, which appeared on Lovett’s first album. Keen also formed a bluegrass band, the Front Porch Boys. In 1981, he m Read more

Alejandro Escovedo - 62% match to Dave Alvin

Genres: Blues Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Alejandro Escovedo, 1951, San Antonio, Texas, USA. Singer-songwriter Escovedo is the seventh of 12 children born to a former Mexican prizefighter and musician. The family moved to Texas from the Mexican town of Saltillo when Escovedo was 12, before relocating to southern California by the late 50s. Several of his siblings subsequently became involved in the music industry - Read more

Todd Snider - 61% match to Dave Alvin

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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11 October 1966, Portland, Oregon, USA. Roots rock singer-songwriter/guitarist Snider is a native of Portland, Oregon. He had a rough home life growing up, which led to his running away from home as a teenager with very little money in his pocket. After drifting around, Snider settled down in Texas for a while and began penning songs as a form of therapy. It was not long bef Read more

Steve Earle - 59% match to Dave Alvin

Genres: Blues Country & Bluegrass Country & Bluegrass Folk Pop / Rock Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Stephen Fain Earle, 17 January 1955, Fort Monroe, Virginia, USA. Earle’s father was an air-traffic controller and the family was raised in Schertz, near San Antonio, Texas. Earle played an acoustic guitar from the age of 11, but he also terrorized his school friends with a sawn-off shotgun. He left home many times and sang ‘Help Me Make It Through The Night’ a Read more

Jim Lauderdale - 58% match to Dave Alvin

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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11 April 1957, Statesville, North Carolina, USA. Lauderdale’s father was a minister and his mother a music teacher and choir director. He played drums in the school band and after graduation decided to become a solo performer in New York. He impressed record producer Pete Anderson while in the Los Angeles production of Pump Boys And Dinettes and was recorded for the com Read more

James McMurtry - 57% match to Dave Alvin

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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18 March 1962, Fort Worth, Texas, USA. Raised in Leesburg, Virginia, McMurtry’s father is award-winning novelist and screenwriter Larry McMurtry. Encouraged by his mother, an English teacher, James began playing guitar at the age of seven and soon began showing musical ability and a liking for country and rock. He began writing songs during his teens, occasionally perfo Read more

James McMurtry and the Heartless Bastards - 57% match to Dave Alvin

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Buddy Miller - 55% match to Dave Alvin

Genres: Christian & Gospel Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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6 September 1952, Fairborn, Ohio, USA. This acclaimed guitarist and singer-songwriter started out as a bass player in bluegrass bands before switching to acoustic guitar in the late 60s. His long years as a journeyman session musician saw him criss-crossing America with various bands. He also set up his own Buddy Miller Band, which at one point in the early 80s included a yo Read more

Ray Wylie Hubbard - 55% match to Dave Alvin

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1970s 1990s 2000s
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13 November 1946, Soper, Oklahoma, USA. Much of Hubbard’s initial fame rested on his songwriting. Jerry Jeff Walker recorded his composition ‘Up Against The Wall, Redneck Mother’, turning it into a left-field country standard. Hubbard formed the Cowboy Twinkies who released a self-titled debut for Warner Brother Records in 1975, but the album’s failure le Read more

Mary Chapin Carpenter - 54% match to Dave Alvin

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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21 February 1958, Princeton, New Jersey, USA. Carpenter’s father was an executive for Life magazine, and she spent part of her early life living in Japan. She grew up with a love of contemporary pop hits, although her mother’s Woody Guthrie and Judy Collins records gave her some interest in country/folk music. She spent her time at home with her guitar, and her fat Read more

Rodney Crowell - 52% match to Dave Alvin

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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7 August 1950, Houston, Texas, USA. Combining careers as a country songwriter, producer and artist, Crowell rose to fame in the 80s as an influential figure in Nashville’s new breed of country traditionalists, along with Emmylou Harris, in whose Hot Band he worked for three years, Rosanne Cash, and fellow songwriters such as Guy Clark. His songs have been covered by Bob Read more

Peter Case - 50% match to Dave Alvin

Genres: Blues Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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5 April 1954, Buffalo, New York, USA. This Los Angeles, California-based folk rock singer-songwriter first worked as part of pop rock bands the Nerves (whose compositions included ‘Hanging On The Telephone’) and the Plimsouls. His solo career kicked off in 1986 with an album of stylistic diversity. Intelligent and considered, there was little in the songs to excite Read more

Darrell Scott - 48% match to Dave Alvin

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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6 August 1959, London, Kentucky, USA. Country singer-songwriter Scott grew up in a rural farming town before his parents sought work in the steel mills of East Gary, Indiana. Each member of the Scott family was encouraged to pursue an instrument, and thereby join the family band. They backed their father’s recitals of Ernest Tubbs and Hank Williams standards at church v Read more


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